Paratroopers train for rapid reaction role

Paratroopers train for rapid reaction role

Paratroopers train for rapid reaction role

Paratroopers train for rapid reaction role

Paratroopers train for rapid reaction role

Paratroopers train for rapid reaction role

First published in News

PARATROOPERS from Colchester have been away on exercise training to become part of the nation’s rapid reaction force.

It will soon be the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment’s turn to be on call should troops be needed at short notice anywhere in the world.

Soldiers from 2 Para spent a week in Wales as part of Exercise Bruneval Assault to practice infantry skills including firing, manoueveres and mountain drills.

They were joined by reservists from 4 Para.

Major Mark Swann, C Company Commander, said: “Coming to Brecon gave us a chance to test what we’ve learnt.

“It’s all very well being able to shoot accurately and efficiently on a static range, but the real test is to see how soldiers perform when they’re cold, wet and tired.

“We’re also continuing to move on from Afghanistan as we prepare for contingency operations.

“We are working back towards the classic paratrooper mentality of our soldiers being able to live out in the field and carry everything they need to operate on their back.”

He added: “Every section had a couple of 4 Para soldiers attached.

“The standard of the reservists’ training is fantastic.”

The Army is cutting its regular troops and in the future will be relying more on the reserves, previously known as the Territorial Army.

2 Para and 3 Para alternate as the nation’s Air Assault Task Force which has to be ready to deploy at short notice.

2 Para will take over the role in March and the exercise was designed to help get them ready.

They will be supported, should emergency situations arise, by the artillery, engineers, signallers, medics and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade, all based at Merville Barracks in Colchester.

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10:45am Wed 13 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Yawn. Army people receiving training to do their job is not news.
Yawn. Army people receiving training to do their job is not news. Jack222
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5:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Navajo wife says...

OK Jack222 let's see YOU do what these Paras do. Yes, they are doing their.job but it's a job not too many can do the endurance alone takes a lot. I just don't understand why some people ste always picking on the military. After all, as most people in Colchester know, the military hss been a large part of Colchester for several jundred years. AND they do spend money in Colchester.I think even Boris will agree with me....
OK Jack222 let's see YOU do what these Paras do. Yes, they are doing their.job but it's a job not too many can do the endurance alone takes a lot. I just don't understand why some people ste always picking on the military. After all, as most people in Colchester know, the military hss been a large part of Colchester for several jundred years. AND they do spend money in Colchester.I think even Boris will agree with me.... Navajo wife
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3:19am Thu 14 Aug 14

Boris says...

Navajo wife wrote:
OK Jack222 let's see YOU do what these Paras do. Yes, they are doing their.job but it's a job not too many can do the endurance alone takes a lot. I just don't understand why some people ste always picking on the military. After all, as most people in Colchester know, the military hss been a large part of Colchester for several jundred years. AND they do spend money in Colchester.I think even Boris will agree with me....
You are right, Mrs Navajo, the military has been important in Colchester since the 1790s. And of course there was a major garrison when it was the capital of the Roman province, until Boadicea burnt it down.
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Personally, I never pick on the military. I have several friends who are military veterans. What I object to is some of the wars that our governments have got us into. I took part in the demonstrations at the MCTC every fortnight until Joe Glenton was released. What would make me extremely happy would be to see Tony Blair and George W. Bush tried at The Hague for their war crimes, and then given very long prison sentences.
[quote][p][bold]Navajo wife[/bold] wrote: OK Jack222 let's see YOU do what these Paras do. Yes, they are doing their.job but it's a job not too many can do the endurance alone takes a lot. I just don't understand why some people ste always picking on the military. After all, as most people in Colchester know, the military hss been a large part of Colchester for several jundred years. AND they do spend money in Colchester.I think even Boris will agree with me....[/p][/quote]You are right, Mrs Navajo, the military has been important in Colchester since the 1790s. And of course there was a major garrison when it was the capital of the Roman province, until Boadicea burnt it down. . Personally, I never pick on the military. I have several friends who are military veterans. What I object to is some of the wars that our governments have got us into. I took part in the demonstrations at the MCTC every fortnight until Joe Glenton was released. What would make me extremely happy would be to see Tony Blair and George W. Bush tried at The Hague for their war crimes, and then given very long prison sentences. Boris
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10:23pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Navajo wife says...

Thanks Boris. I won't. Comment on Blair or Bush. However, I am very very proud to be the child of a WW2 British army veteran. My father served proudly in the Lancashire Fusilliers, so, that makes me an "army brat". And a very proud one. Every time I come home I stand at the War Memorial and give thanks, not only for the military who gave their lives but the wonderfulpeople of Colchester who lost their lives. So Jack the next time you feel like knocking the military, think of this. Boris, take care.
Thanks Boris. I won't. Comment on Blair or Bush. However, I am very very proud to be the child of a WW2 British army veteran. My father served proudly in the Lancashire Fusilliers, so, that makes me an "army brat". And a very proud one. Every time I come home I stand at the War Memorial and give thanks, not only for the military who gave their lives but the wonderfulpeople of Colchester who lost their lives. So Jack the next time you feel like knocking the military, think of this. Boris, take care. Navajo wife
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